It can be seen in the way we spend our time, how we spend our money, and in how we talk about our kid’s sports.
Being married to a pastor, I am very aware of how sports effect church attendance. I’m not here to get on a soapbox, I’m just saying my husband and I have observed that sports trump church.
But here’s the real question:
What’s happening out there on the field or on the court?
Are we playing for Jesus or not? Does what happens on Sunday mornings or Saturday afternoons make a difference for the Kingdom of God?
If we allow sports to become our Sunday morning activity, how much Bible time, worship, and/or prayer is being sacrificed from the week? From the child’s week? It’s worth thinking about.
The good news is even if sports are an integral part of your family’s schedule, that doesn’t have to exclude Jesus!
Am I teaching my child to honor the Lord in his sport?
Here are the 4 things my husband tells my son before he goes to any game:
- Be a good sport.
- Listen to your coach.
- Have fun.
- Do it for Jesus.
Those 4 things teach some fundamental life skills for the Christian:
- Discipline and obedience.
- Faithfulness to Glorify God.
There are many ways to incorporate your faith in Christ into your family’s schedule. The simple act of speaking Biblical Truth, praying for your coaches, teammates, and opponents, or listening to worship music in the car as you drive from sporting events and practices ALL add up to a life that is saturated with Jesus!
Even the Bible used sports as an illustration of faith:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
What can you do to bridge the gap between faith and sports?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training